Mental Health Early Warning Signs

Public Health Agency

There are some early warning signs that may indicate mental ill-health or a mental health problem:

  • mood swings or a consistently lower mood
  • lack of care for personal appearance or personal responsibilities
  • increased use of alcohol or other drugs
  • talking about not wanting to live
  • loss of interest in doing things you previously enjoyed
  • withdrawing from social activities or spending less time with family and friends
  • disturbed sleep, not getting enough sleep or sleeping too much
  • eating less than normal or overeating, perhaps losing or gaining weight
  • being more irritable, over-sensitive or aggressive
  • having difficulty following a conversation, remembering things or concentrating
  • experiencing recurring physical symptoms such as aches and pains or unexplained illnesses
  • a drop in work performance
  • doing things that don’t make sense to others
  • hearing or seeing things that no one else can hear or see.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these, help is available.

Useful resources

The directory of services provides information on organisations that can help improve mental health and emotional wellbeing or support people who need help with mental and emotional ill health.
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MindWise are proud to be the only membership-led mental health organisation in Northern...
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Back to Life, Back to Normality is a free 12-week mental health programme delivered by...
Anxiety UK and the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) are working together to provide...
AMH New Life Counselling is a professionally accredited counselling service and part of...
The British Red Cross is helping people connect with their local communities, meet new...
Our Talking Therapies Practice offers individuals a range of psychological interventions...
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AMH EveryBODY aims to promote greater understanding and awareness of eating disorders. We...
Our Calm Club Anxiety Relief Sessions allow you to benefit from an approach that provides...
Tailored activities to support positive mental health and emotional wellbeing. MensSana,...
The Community Care and Support Service is open to individuals over the age of 18 years...
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The AWARE Mood Matters in the Workplace programme is a mental health awareness programme...
Free access to eBooks, audiobooks and eMagazines - available to download on your device...
A partnership, led by AMH, who worked with 8 leading charities to improve mental health...
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Self-management programmes that teach skills to manage all aspects of living with a long...
Mindfulness is a form of meditation with its roots in Buddhism. It helps you develop...
This takes place with a psychologist usually in a clinical setting (e.g. hospital)...
Be Mindful is an online course that uses mindfulness techniques like meditation,...
Action Mental Health is one of the ChatPal Project Team Members working to develop and...
This is delivered to expectant mothers and parents of babies under 3 years of age. It has...
Our team of facilitators have extensive knowledge and experience in the field of Mental...
Advanced Diploma in Mental Health and Wellbeing Coaching This virtual training programme...
Positive Minds for Premature Parents supports families of premature babies to develop and...
Hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis for the treatment and alleviation of a variety of...
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AMH Promote provides opportunities for adults with a learning disability to be socially...
Belfast Resource Centre offers many opportunities including social and leisure activities...
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This idea is a walk in the park. It really is that simple, post a news item to see how...
We have a wealth of experience in delivering training and consultancy services to a wide...
Anxiety UK’s online support groups offer a safe space for people to share experiences,...
AWARE NI are expanding their self-help supports to include a new online support group...
Libraries NI can provide a free Homecall service to your home if you have significant...
This is a six-session programme using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) concepts – the...
At AMH New Horizons we support the recovery of adults experiencing mental ill health who...
Supporting veterans at risk of suicide across Northern Ireland. Exposure to line of duty...
A project for men aged 50+ to share skills, socialise and connect with their wider...
You must download the Libby app to continue to access the eMagazine and eNewspaper...
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From books and magazines to local history resources, Libraries NI has a host of fabulous...
The OUR Generation project is a Peace IV funded project that provides a unique...
Our Mood Matters Young People programme is aimed at 14-18 year olds and gives them...
Bloom is a UK-wide programme which supports young people’s mental health resilience,...
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It’s an easy to follow programme known the world over, and perfect for those new to...
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Moodpath: Depression and Anxiety is a written mood journal that uses progress reports and...
Personalised Exercise Plans
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MoodMission helps you learn new and better ways of coping with low moods and anxiety...
Handle stress and anxiety on the go
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Guided meditations
Active 10 is a free and easy to use walking app that tracks your walking and shows you...
SuperBetter is a tool created by game designers to help you build resilience and get...
Fabulous! Is a motivational app that uses challenges to help build physically and...
What's Up? can help you cope with anxiety, stress and feelings of depression. It has...
Guided meditations
Here2Help has been developed by a local initiative from people who want to make the range...
Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity Stem4 which uses the...
Support to resist self-harm
Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) offers a range of self-help methods to help you...
Check your mood
Check if you are at risk of depression

Helplines & Web Chats

Samaritans
Action Mental Health
Association for Post-Natal Illness Helpline
Aware NI - Support Groups
Aware NI - Online Support Groups
Mind - Side by Side Online Community